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As the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th season this year, we take a look back at where the orchestra started and how it evolved into one of the finest in the country.

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For the seventh year in a row, the Cleveland Orchestra this fall will welcome kids under 18 to Severance Hall for free on some nights. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how that’s changed the makeup of the orchestra’s audience – and how it could change the audience in the future.

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The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season will be busy and challenging. In this week's Shuffle, Cleveland.com classical music critic Zach Lewis says there's a lot to like, but there are also many uncertainties:

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The Cleveland Orchestra is turning 100 years old, and it’s planning concerts, tours, and educational programs to celebrate.

One of the season’s highlights will be a series of educational concerts and a two-week Beethoven festival, which will include all nine Beethoven symphonies. It’s being called The Prometheus Project.

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from heaven to bring enlightenment to humanity. The myth inspired Beethoven’s only ballet, “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

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Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom

The Cleveland Orchestra has kicked off its Blossom season, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman recently sat down with the orchestra’s artistic administrator Ilya Gidalevich for a preview of what’s yet to come. 

Music Director Franz Welser-Most led the orchestra last weekend in Beethoven's Heroic Symphony, but there is much more classical and popular music on tap through Labor Day weekend at the Cleveland Orchestra's summer home. 

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